Three companies choose Anna’s Hope as ‘Charity Of The Year’

Warners (a publishing company based in Bourne), Business Control Solutions (an IT company in Peterborough) and The Factory Shop (a discount store in Market Deeping) have all selected Anna’s Hope to be their Charity Of The Year. Thank you for the support – much appreciated!

Anna’s Hope Invites You To The Annual Fairy Ball May 12th 2012

Fairy Ball 2010The time has come around yet again for Our 6th Anna’s Hope Charity Fairy Ball will take place at the Haycock Hotel, Wansford on Saturday May 12th 2012.
We would be delighted if you and your friends would like to  support Anna’s Hope by taking a table of 10  at the ball, which has become the event to come to in many peoples social dairies.
To book your table and a night to remember, can you please contact  Carole at the address or e-mail below  – limited tables left so do hurry!   or  Hunters Hill, Lattimers Paddock, Pilsgate, Stamford. Lincs PE9 3HL
01780 740492


The ball is now sold out. Sorry, please try again next year and we hope that you will be able to come and support us then.

Holiday On Ice success

Photo by Martin Bird

Photo by Martin Bird

‘This year’s Holiday on Ice show ‘Tropicana’, at the Peterborough Exec, was a great success,’ said Carole Hughes from Anna’s Hope. ‘It was a fantastic show with wonderful world class skating set to the music from Barry Manilow. Once again thanks to the generous support from Holiday on Ice , Anna’s Hope was able to provide local children who have a brain tumour and their families with a fun night out and a break from their treatment. It is special that through our continued connection with Holiday on Ice we are able to do this. Feedback from the children and their parents makes it all worthwhile. This year lots of the children dressed up in fairy dresses and got their photograph taken with Olympic Gold medal Ice Skater and Dancing on Ice Judge Robin Cousins. We are proud to say Robin is a friend and a life long supporter of Anna’s Hope. He took time out of his busy schedule last year to visit Addenbrookes with me to meet some of the children on the ward and has a lovely caring rapport with the children and their parents.’

‘The event was a great fundraising success. Robin presented the charity with a cheque for £1000 from Holiday on Ice and an amazing £4000 was collected by the Anna’s Hope Fairies from the generous public. On behalf of Anna’s Hope I want to express my thanks to Holiday on Ice, all those who visited the show and the volunteers who braved the snow to help me. Every penny raised will go directly towards funding the charities aims.’

Carole Hughes

Anna’s Mummy, & On Behalf of Anna’s Hope

Photo by Martin Bird

News update:

Anna’s Hope and Holiday On Ice were featured in the Stamford MercuryPeterborough Evening Telegraph, Harborough Mail, and ESP Magazine

Robin Cousins

Robin Cousins MBE – The Olympic Skating Champion and Head Judge on ITV’s Dancing On Ice

We are pleased to announce that Robin Cousins has become a friend and lifelong supporter of Anna’s Hope . Robin kindly said:
“After supporting Anna’s Hope for a few years with Holiday on Ice it was lovely to be able to to join Carole and her husband at Addenbrookes Hospital.
Meeting the dedicated Anna’s Hope nurse and some of the family’s who are benefitting from this wonderful charity was very special and it is heartening to know that from one families grief others can take comfort and as long as Carole is around in her fairy outfit, people will know Anna’s Hope is there for them. I am delighted to be a friend and lifelong supporter of Anna’s Hope.”

Anna’s Hope Christmas Cards

This Christmas, support Anna’s Hope, the East of England’s leading children’s brain tumour charity, by sending our beautiful Christmas Cards to your friends and family. The image, ‘Wooden Toy Soldier’, was an original artwork of oil on paper by Emily Morgan, a year 12 student at The Peterborough School, Peterborough.

The message inside the card simply reads ‘Season’s Greetings’ and the card is sized 21cm x 15cm.

A pack of five cards and envelopes is just £5, with postage & packaging costs at:

1-2 packs = £2

3-5 packs = £2.50

6-10 packs = £5

Please send cheques (to Anna’s Hope) to: Hunters Hill, Lattimers Paddock, Pilsgate, Stamford, Lincs. PE9 3HL


Birchcraft Support Anna’s Hope Charity

At the Spirit of Christmas Fair 2-6 November 2011, Birchcraft are organising a raffle to raise funds for the charity Anna’s Hope.

Birchcraft are launching their support of Anna’s Hope Charity at the Spirit of Christmas Fair this year.

The raffle being held on the Birchcraft stand at the Spirit of Christmas Fair aims to raise much needed funds for the charity and entrants will have the opportunity to win the first prize of a £50 gift voucher and a second prize of a stocking filled with Birchcraft Christmas decorations. Birchcraft are exhibiting at the fair to showcase their handcrafted range of Christmas decorations including the new Scandinavian range. The new wooden crafted Nordic Christmas decorations are subtle, stylish and pretty with cool white, blue and red, including reindeer, garlands, gift tags and cards.

Co-owner Carol Smith commented “We’re looking forward to the fair meeting our customers and all visitors to the stand will be able to purchase our ever popular ‘goody bags’ and there will be some additional christmas cake decorations which were not available last year. We are really keen to raise funds for a local based charity, Anna’s Hope and we’re launching a raffle which visitors can by tickets from our stand.”

Perkins Great Eastern Run 2011

Thank you to everyone who took part in this years Great Eastern Run Half Marathon and Junior Challenge.

Over 300 took part this year and it was wonderful to see everyone waving the Anna’s Hope Flags. This year everyone pulled out the stops when it came to Fancy Dress, in addition to fairies we had smurfs, sumo wrestlers and various cartoon characters.

This year Anna’s Mummy Carole Hughes ran with Anna’s Hope Nurse, Alison Mitchell and Harry Taylor from Addenbrookes Children’s Cancer ward.

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A jump for Anna

Thanks to Theresa Moor and Nicky Watts for their brave  parachute jump to raise over £500 for Anna’s Hope on June 18th 2011. To quote Theresa: ‘It was amazing, absolutely loved it and am definitely doing it again!’

Thanks to Kate Culley

Many thanks to Kate Culley from Stamford Library who chose to donate funds to Anna’s Hope in lieu of a leaving gift from her work colleagues. Carole visited the Library to attend  Kate’s farewell party and gratefully accepted a donation of £160.
Anna was a regular visitor to the library so it was really special that Kate chose Anna’s Hope.

Bjorn Again at Burghley House

Set against the backdrop of Burghley House over 3000 people saw an amazing performance by the famous Abba Tribute Band ‘Bjorn Again’.
This was also a major performance for founder of local charity Anna’s Hope , Carole Hughes. Standing on stage in front of the massive crowd she told them about her daughter Anna who tragically died from a brain tumour and encouraged them to support the charity.
The response was amazing as the 30 volunteers dressed in stunning fairy costumes mingled amongst the audience their collection buckets were soon filled with generous donations. Almost £2,000 was raised at the event and every penny will go towards funding the charity’s aims. All the fairies had a great night  singing and dancing which goes to show that being a volunteer for Anna’s Hope is not only rewarding but also fun. Special thanks to Live promotions limited who organised the event for their continued support.

Rob Hughes 54321 Farewell to Mars Cycle Challenge

Rob HughesI am delighted to report that I completed my 54321 Farewell  Cycle Challenge . It was an inspirational journey over 700 miles on my bike  in 8 days and was a great way for me to say goodbye to the business I love. I wish to thank all the associates at the sites I visited in Kings Lynn, OBL, Olen, Slough  Melton and Waltham for the warm welcome you all gave me. I also wish to thank all those who generously donated to Anna’s Hope and every penny will go towards helping children and young people diagnosed with a brain tumour .
Thank you
Rob Hughes
Anna’s Daddy and Chairman of Anna’s Hope